The Jammie Thomas-Rasset case: the judge significantly reduced the previous damage award

Capitol Records, Inc. v. Jammie Thomas-Rasset
The judge Michael J. Davis significantly reduced the previous damage award from $1.5 million damage to an award of $2,250 per song, for a total award of $54,000.
The Court affirmed that “an award of $1.5 million for stealing and distributing 24 songs for personal use is appalling. Such an award is so severe
and oppressive as to be wholly disproportioned to the offense and obviously
unreasonable. In this particular case, involving a first‑time willful, consumer
infringer of limited means who committed illegal song file‑sharing for her own
personal use, an award of $2,250 per song, for a total award of $54,000, is the
maximum award consistent with due process”.

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